The Charlotte Symphony will likely announce a balanced budget for the 2006-07 season soon, but the good news comes with a footnote. In order to cover its costs, the orchestra borrowed $700,000 from its endowment fund, with the intention of repaying the money once an ongoing $83m endowment drive is complete.
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From a master class given near the end of Rubinstein’s life:
(A lock of Beethoven’s hair.)
Ludwig van Beethoven died on March 26, 1827, after four months of misery on a dirty straw mattress in Vienna. What brought on that downward spiral? Lead poisoning accidentally caused by his own doctor, says a recent journal article. Read the full story here.
Recently a WDAV listener was moved to write to the station about the new movie Vitus. You can see a trailer for it at http://www.sonyclassics.com/vitus/ .
It seems that every few years there’s a new art house flick that delves into the oft neglected realm of classical music. This one tells the fanciful story of a prodigy’s adjustment to his family’s ambitions and the world around him.
This one’s shaken, not stirred.
That gap? It’s not so wide.
Saturday’s broadcast of The MTT Files describes how conductor Michael Tilson Thomas gained new musical insight listening to James Brown and features an extensive interview with the late Godfather of Soul recorded at his home in Georgia.
Get a jump on the energy MTT taps into (and the not-so-wide divide between two performers with very different backgrounds) with this video of James Brown and Pavarotti bringing down the house with “It’s a Man’s World”:
For another peek into the wide world of virtuosity, dig into this clip from a Larry Clinton Orchestra movie short. Behold, “The Philharmonicas” – an irresistibly goofy sextet of harmonica wielding hot shots:
(The group later thinned to “The Philharmonica Trio”. Perhaps there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.)